How do you handle ALL of the responsibilty and stay sane?

Emmy - posted on 08/01/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )

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I've been lurking for awhile & enjoying the posts but I have one question I haven't seen here and I would appreciate your advice. I can't decide whether to have another child (DH is 100% on board). I love my kiddos and always thought I'd have three. I need to decide soon - DSs are 6 and almost 4. And we're both very late 30's.

This is what holds me back: Not how to handle it all when they're young, but how to handle it all when I am back teaching FT, have work to bring home, the dinner needs to be fixed, the kids have an activity and DH is working shiftwork. I am grateful for his job but the hours are not so family friendly. Every other week DH works the second shift going from 2 p.m. until 2 a.m. He works every other weekend, too. Family is an hour away which is nice but basically everything is up to me.

Does anyone have advice? How did you handle it? I guess I am either trying to come to peace with the idea of sticking to two but not having guilt or regret OR going for it and not getting super stressed about it.

Thank you!

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